Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sometimes my cat wears stuff

But he always hates me when he does. Womp womp.

I'm a pumpkin!

Perhaps the costume is too small?

Tipsy cat in 3...



Sammy made a much better pumpkin :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stuff I'm Loving

Yay! Time for me to window shop, and then share all my fun findings with you guys :)

Stuff I'm Loving, October Edition

Picky Bars!
They're a bit pricey, but mmmm, so good! I've tried the Smooth Caffeinator, Need for Seed, and Cookie Doughpness. The cookie one has been my favorite so far. SC was good, even if the coffee was a little overwhelming at first. Not a huge fan of NfS, but it was still tasty enough. I feel better about grabbing one of these guys with my protein shake for a post-workout breakfast or an energy boosting snack to get me through a long afternoon than I do about Clif Bars.

Saucony Bullet Capris
Dawn has these at the store right now and they're taunting me. I really like running in capris; my quads and hammies stay warm and toasty, but my calves can catch the breeze. I feel like they're a very fall thing to wear, and they're nice for winter races too where you want to be warm, but not *too* warm.

Saucony Swift LS
Another in-store item :) It has the cozy thumb holes and it's super duper soft. I really like the bright orange-pink color too - so cheery! I really don't need any more LS running tops (but I *do* need capris. Really.), but this one might come home with me if there are still some left at Christmastime.

Humiliating Mannie
Mannie has a pumpkin costume. He hates the hat. Video to come...

Meatball Pizza!
I'll share the recipes I used for this in an upcoming post, but know that this thing is DELISH. The Canadian mentioned that a meatball pizza sounded like the best thing ever and it was all I could think about for a few days. When I went out to a brick oven pizza place in Lafayette with some friends and they had a meatball pizza on the menu, I couldn't resist! Sadly, the meatballs were not spectacular, and the entire thing was a little too sauceless for my taste. What's a girl to do?!? Make her own, of course! Whole wheat pizza crust, super easy sauce, homemade meatballs (thanks, C!), and slices of fresh mozzarella. Yummmm :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More race updates - final stretch!

School has been so busy recently! TA hours, lab struggles (then miraculous solutions), training program duties, attempting to piece together a social life...I am so thankful that my friends understand all of this and tolerate me :)

Two races since the last time we talked, gentle readers:

Delphi Diamond Dash (Delphi, IN; September 13)
This was a cute little 5K just up the road in Delphi. It wasn't big and I had no idea where the course went, but it was fun! I forgot to start my watch, but I was averaging 6:25 pace for 2.31 I'm gonna say that I ran a 19:50-19:55. Whatever my time was, it was good for 1st place female and a top 5 overall finish! This was one of the first cool mornings that we had and it was GLORIOUS!

I'm Shalene Flanagan, and I hover
when I run..
Choholic Frolic 10K (Indianapolis, IN; September 28)Results!
This was the first time this event was in Indy, so of course there were a few hiccups. I don't think anyone was expecting late September to be as warm as it was, so a 10am start time for the 10K sucked. The course wasn't anything too exciting, two laps through the state fairgrounds, but the post-race chocolate/food was nice and the age group/overall awards were AWESOME! I have a new "10K" PR* (the course was awkward old man pants short), 2nd place female, 1st place in my age group (20-29...serious business!), and 4th overall. 

This race kind of crushed my soul a little (dramatic much? le sigh...) and I ended up running for barely 20 minutes on Monday and took yesterday off (aside from some leisurely biking and a yoga for runners video). I have mile repeats tomorrow, a decent long run/workout on Saturday, a big workout next Wednesday, and then...the Columbus Half Marathon! The goal there is to run 6:45-6:50 miles and break 1:30. Bam. Easy peasy. I'll leave you with a picture of CHOCOLATE:
Chocolate gives me the giggles :)